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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

So what has changed?

I got a job.

After 16 years as a full-time freelancer I took a job at the end of summer as a managing editor of a health Web site. The salary is in the ballpark of what I was making as a freelancer, and I'm roughly doing the same kind of work. But now I get benefits, which means I can take time off on a holiday and not fret over the fact that if I'm not working I don't get paid. And I have more say in how the work I do and the work of the writers I edit are used. I have have professional work colleagues, not just clients, and the benefit of bein part of a team.

There is a downside. As a freelancer I worked on my own schedule. I sat at my desk whenever I decided it was time for me to be at my desk. Now, even though I still work remotely, I work on the company's schedule. And I've long had a distaste for the corporate culture, which I am now a part of.

Obviously, there are tradeoffs when coming in from the cold. I'll explore them in more detail in future posts.


  1. There are always pros and cons, but often the corporate life gives the most protection to the employee. Been my experience anyway...but I can relate to the corporate culture. I can so relate. Congratulations on being employed.

    Have a terrific day. :)

  2. the benefits are a good thing,
    the benefits are a good thing,
    the benefits are a good thing :)

  3. VERY happy for you (and jealous too, as you "get" I'm sure)

    How to get such a cool remote gig?

    Ah well...wishing you da bes`

    Aloha from Honolulu

    Comfort Spiral


  4. I'm with Rene; benefits are good things! Congrats!

  5. Somehow I missed this post! I don't have a comment. Just wanted you to know I was here...